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City Recognized for Organized Waste Hauling and Recycling Program

The City of Arvada has been recognized by Recycle Colorado with a 2020 Colorado Recycling Award for Outstanding Government Recycling/Diversion Program. The award recognizes the City Council, the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee and City Staff for their work to bring organized waste hauling to the community. Because of the actions of these three groups, the City of Arvada was successful in passing a major policy that will have a large impact on the city and region’s recycling and waste diversion efforts.

Currently, only 40 percent of homes in Arvada have a recycling bin. The new organized waste hauling program will provide a recycling bin to every home, delivered with their trash bin at no additional charge. Arvada currently recycles 13 percent of its waste. With greater access to recycling for residents, Arvada is expected to reach a recycling rate of 30 percent or more, similar to other communities with a single-hauler system. The influx of new recycled materials to local markets will help area recyclers and local economies.

“This was an entire community effort from start to finish,” said Arvada Council Mayor Pro Tem Dot Miller. “We heard from the community that most people want better recycling, fewer trucks on our streets and lower costs. It was controversial, but in the end it came together through the work of City Council, our Sustainability Advisory Committee and our City team.”

The Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee, a committee of community members,  conducted outreach in the community over three years including social and print media and door-to-door canvassing that culminated in 120 residents providing public comments of support of organized waste hauling at the June 15 City Council hearing.

City team members engaged with City departments, conducted research addressing all questions posed to them by City Council and Arvada residents, and provided accessible information through the City website, community surveys, and outreach events to ensure as many community members as possible were informed about the program.

The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony in early August. The City’s organized waste hauling system will begin in July 2021.

Learn more about the City’s program by visiting the City's organized waste hauling page.

Learn more about the 2020 Recycling Awards by visiting Recycle Colorado's website.

Photo: Arvada City Council Mayor Pro Tem Dot Miller (third image down from upper right) accepts the 2020 Colorado Recycling Award on behalf of the City during a virtual ceremony.